Author: Rob Date Posted:5 October 2012
Coffee history trivia for the coffee connoisseur
If you have a free Lavazza coffee machine from Bluepod Coffee Company, it’s a given that you are a bona fide coffee lover. If you find that your friends are visiting you more often now that you have an espresso machine and Bluepod coffee pods, odds are they are coffee lovers, too. While you may have other things to talk about over coffee, a little coffee history trivia never hurts and will cement your reputation as the neighbourhood coffee connoisseur.
For starters, you can casually mention the fact that according to legend, it was goats, not humans, who discovered that coffee gives an energy boost. While it’s not a documented historical fact, one story that has been handed down for hundreds of years is that Ethiopian goatherds noticed that after consuming coffee berries, their goats became frisky. Putting two and two together, the goatherds tried chewing on some when they were getting sleepy but needed to keep an eye on their herds. Sure enough, the caffeine kick kept them on the ball.
Another account has a more mystical ring to it. According to this legend, a Sufi mystic, Ghotul Akbar Noorudin, while wandering through Ethiopia, noticed that birds who consumed berries from a certain tree seemed to be livelier than other birds in the area. He gave the berries a try and discovered they had the same affect on him.
There are several more legends about the discovery of the enlivening power of coffee, but the earliest recorded evidence for its consumption suggests that it was first a beverage of choice in Sufi monasteries in Yemen. They drank coffee to keep them awake during long religious rituals.
Coffee experienced its first setback in the Islamic world when, in 1511, it was banned for 13 years until the ban was overturned by order of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I in 1524.
About 125 years later, coffee had another brief setback when the King of England, Charles II, decided to ban the sale and consumption of coffee for a couple of reasons:
- In 1674, a group of women presented the “Women’s Petition of Coffee” to the King, arguing in so many words that their former English “Gallants” were becoming “Frenchified” sissies.
- While the Women’s Petition may not have swayed the King, he finally decided to try banning coffee because he was concerned that all the political talk in the coffee houses might be fomenting a spirit of rebellion in England.
King Charles II’s ban didn’t even have time to come into effect and coffee continued to grow in popularity. Lavazza founder, Luigi Lavazza played no small part in the spread of coffee culture throughout the world. From his first coffee blends to the free Lavazza coffee machines offered by the Bluepod Coffee Company in Australia today, Lavazza has become synonymous with fine coffee. When you drink Lavazza, you’re not just a coffee drinker, you’re a coffee connoisseur.